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iRobot builds a vacuum-free Roomba for students to hack

Robotics developer iRobot launched its latest "hackable" robot for aspiring developers last week.<p>The Create 2 might look like a Roomba — which iRobot …

15 Charts, Graphs, And Maps That Will Shape The Future Of Information

The latest, greatest data visualizations<p>We are awash with data, and it keeps piling up: Some analysts estimate the amount of digital information in the world now doubles every two years. The growing tidal wave will require automation—a shift some have called the Industrial Revolution of data—to …

Maps

How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb: a virtual reality experience

My directions were simple: <i>don't let the bomb explode</i>. I failed. Rather than a screen or a headset, I was looking at a three-ring binder full of printed out instructions. "There are six wires," my partner told me. Okay! I scan the page in front of me and quickly find the directions for how to handle …

Your old laptop's battery will light homes in developing countries

Don't be too quick to toss out the battery from that ancient laptop -- it might just be the key to powering homes in developing countries, and helping the environment in the process. IBM researchers have revealed UrJar, a device that turns old lithium-ion battery packs into rechargeable energy …

Chrome experiment turns Wikipedia into a virtual galaxy

There's no denying Wikipedia's usefulness, but French computer science student Owen Cornec believes the website could stand to display entries "in a more engaging way." Thus, he created WikiGalaxy: a special Wikipedia browser that visualizes the website as a 3D galaxy. Each star represents an …

The Best Programming Languages Every Beginner Should Learn

But, as is the case with any new skill, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are a few steps you should take early on and programming languages that are best-suited for beginners.<p>"Drag and drop" programming is a basic technique that allows you to build code by dragging and dropping …

Programming

Python

There's no direct download, but there is an API.<p>I thought I linked to csvkit a while ago, but apparently not. If…<p>You’ve been able to visualize data …

The Best Way to Get a Flat Stomach

It may not be a secret that the best way to a six-pack is regular exercise and a healthy diet (even if it's no diet at all), but there's a right way and wrong way to a flat stomach. Read on for the ultimate guide to getting flat abs.<p><b>1. Know the Formula</b> Getting flat abs isn't about starving yourself …

The History Of Web Design Explained In 9 GIFs

25 years of web design, summarized in nine unforgettable GIFs.<p>Froont, a San Francisco company that makes tools for web designers, has created nine GIFs that show just how far web design has come in the past 25 years. If you’ve ever wondered why CSS is important, or why Flash died out, these GIFs …

Web Design

Wearable maps make location data fashionable

For many of us, wearing location-specific clothes, whether it's your university alma mater or just a touristy t-shirt, is a way of transmitting a …

5 smart ways students can use Google Scholar

Here's something that's happened to most college students: It's 20 minutes before your final paper is due, and you haven't written a bibliography yet.<p>…

Infographics platform Infogr.am bets big on Brazil as it acquires data-visualization blog Visualoop

If you have a penchant for dressing up numbers and stats in infographics, you’ve maybe come across Infogr.am over the past few years.<p>In a nutshell, the Latvian startup delivers a user-friendly WYSIWYG editor that invites you to feed your data in, with Infogr.am then issuing a beautiful infographic …

me&him&you – city prints series

<b>Toronto Screen Print, Limited Edition</b> €90.00 Add to cart<p><b>Copenhagen Screenprint, Limited Edition</b> €90.00 Add to cart<p><b>Dublin Screenprint, Limited Edition</b> …

Casual visualization books for the coffee table

Since my son was born, it’s been a challenge to focus on a single book for any prolonged amount of time. He’s in perpetual motion, as my mom often …

How People’s Political Passions Distort Their Sense of Reality

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 11.19.14.<p>Time of Publication: 10:00 am. 10:00 am<p>Though people might disagree on how to …

30 Free Material Design UI Kits, Templates & Icon Sets

Created and released by Google back in 2014, Material Design is an innovative visual language that has been created to unify the user experience of …

An animated history of drones

Before the turn of the 20th century, the thought of airplanes — or any kind of aerial machine, for that matter — was purely science fiction.<p>Fast …

This Vacuum Cleaner Company Made a Tool To Clean Up Your “Digital Dust”

The creators of the “World Wide Vac” say vacuuming up irrelevant emails will cut down on greenhouse gases.<p>Digital hoarders, you know who you are. If you’re the kind of person who still can’t decide what to do with the 20,000 unread emails that have been accumulating in your Gmail inbox since 2008, …

Carbon Dioxide

See The Most Beautiful Data Visualizations Of 2014

An infographic showcasing rappers’ relative vocabularies took first prize at the Information Is Beautiful Awards. See all the top winners here.<p>An eye-catching infographic which maps rappers according to the depth of their vocabulary won Gold for Data Visualization at the annual Kantar Information …

A Man Going Deaf Can "Hear" Wi-Fi Signals

Losing your hearing can be a frighteningly isolating experience. But instead of trying to replace the audible landscape he began losing at age 20, …

One Way To Get More Millennials To Vote? Free Beer

What boring speeches about civic duty can’t do, a free craft beer called Ballot and a huge party can.<p>If you’re a millennial, there’s a very good chance you didn’t vote in the midterm election. The youngest voters, between ages 18 and 24, made up only 6 percent of the votes cast on November 4. It’s …

Government

Ex-Googler Builds A Github For Designers

Pixelapse is built on a simple, radical premise: I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.<p>For the past two years, Pixelapse–backed by venture capital from Y Combinator and Designer Fund–has been evolving into what you might call a Dropbox for designers. Through a free or premium paid account, it …

GitHub

The Perfect Apartment For Breaking Up

These micro-apartments can be reconfigured as tenants’ needs change.<p>As urban populations swell and housing costs skyrocket, many big cities are changing building codes to allow tinier and tinier apartments. While cities have different ideas about what micro-housing really means (in Boston, studios …

Housing

The Complexity Of Famous Writers’ Prose, Visualized

A Chromapoem is a new type of visualization by New Orleans-based designer Lola Migas that automatically translates text into beautiful radial graphs that show just how complex a snippet of prose is.<p>In these visualizations, each word is represented as a block within a giving ring. In any ring, a …

Data Visualization

With New Freemium Versions for iPhone and Android, Microsoft Office Really Is Everywhere

Much of the power of full-blown Office arrives on more devices–even for non-paying customers.<p>When Microsoft brought its Office productivity suite to the iPad last March, it was a moment rife with symbolism. By putting powerful versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Apple’s tablet, the company …

Software

A New Way To Report Gender-Based Harassment On Twitter

The recent GamerGate controversy is just the latest high-profile example of the insidious harassment women face on the Internet. Whether it’s the threat of a shooting spree leading to the cancellation of speaking events, or run-of-the-mill doxxing, women are often bullied into silence.<p>On Thursday, …

Social Media

Here’s The Pee Font You Never Knew You Wanted

I’m just hypothesizing here, but if I had a bodily device capable of shooting a mildly disgusting liquid wherever I wanted, and could even use it to <i>draw</i>, I would never, ever be bored. There is a primal, visceral power that peeing on illicit surfaces evokes in the human mind. But what if you’re in a …

Breaking the Law

Apple Shows Off A Flatter Mac Store

The world is flat–at least when it comes to design these days, thanks to Apple. Extending the anti-skeuomorphic aesthetic it introduced in iOS 7, Apple has refreshed the Mac App Store for users running OS X Yosemite.<p><i>AppleInsider</i> reports that Apple rolled out the design, which removes shading and …

App Store

Want To Get Elected? Hit The Gym, Study Says

Put down those fake glasses: A new study published in the journal <i>Frontiers in Human Neuroscience</i> reports that we value good health and a fetching visage more than the appearance of intelligence.<p>Researchers asked the study’s participants to imagine that they were choosing a new CEO for their …

Research